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“To you who fear my name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.”  Malachi 4:2

 

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“The heavens declare the glory of God.”

Psalm 19:1

 

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“He who created the heavens, he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited.”
Isaiah 45:18 NIV

 

 

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Romans 1:20. NIV

 

 

 

 

“Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.”
Deuteronomy 32:2

 

 

 

 

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
Psalm 103:13 NIV

 

 


Evidence

During the virus pandemic it seemed that many people were looking much more than usual at the natural world around us.
That is good.
And it is beneficial.

Perhaps you call it ‘Nature’ or the ‘Natural World’. Or maybe you think of it simply as existence around you.
Whatever, it is there. And if we are blessed with eyesight we have the privilege of seeing it every day.
It is evidence of the Creator, whether we like that idea or not.

The natural world is definitely evidence of its Creator. Considering its beauty, its coordination, its life–sustaining powers, it is impossible that everything just happened through some infinitely long period of time.

Creation IS Evidence!

Small Voices can be Strong

Many years ago, a spray of tiny flowers spoke to a very small boy. Around their centres, he saw beautiful colours gleaming like delicate enamel.
‘Only God could have made that,’ he thought.
London Pride

It was the first spiritual thought I can remember.
That Creator eventually became my Saviour.
Then my delight in the world around me greatly increased – just as G W Robinson expressed it in his hymn:

    “Heaven above is softer blue,
    Earth around is sweeter green!
    Something lives in every hue,
    Christless eyes have never seen.”

That enjoyment has never diminished.
God has been speaking for centuries in Creation and he is still speaking today if look and listen.
       Maybe we can look some more and listen some more! Together!

From Mud to Sky

A dragonfly called a ‘Four Spotted Chaser’ laid a tiny egg near the surface of the small pond one summer morning. Several days’ later the egg hatched and a very small larva made its way to the mud at the bottom of the pond.
As it grew bigger, its skin split open and was replaced by a new stretch suit. Later on, that in turn needed replacing.

Eventually, two or three years later, the full–grown larva had the urge to climb the stem of a reed. As it clambered higher, it moved up above the water’s surface.
It stayed on the reed a good while, absorbing the sunshine warmth.
Soon, its tough skin began to split, but it was not replaced by a bigger version this time. Something miraculous happened. Its old skin parted a lot more, and revealed an amazingly delicate coloured membrane.
Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser

Eventually, its fragile wings and body broke free of the old casing completely. Clinging to its reed, the dragonfly cautiously spread its wings.
A few hours later it lifted off into the free air.
Over the next few weeks, as it hunted over the water, the reedbeds and the meadows, the sunshine enriched its colours into glorious shades of rusty brown and black – a far cry from life in the mud.
It was a wonderful transformation!

In order to raise us up from the mud of our sin, God sent Jesus to live and die in our place.
By repenting of our wrongdoing and trusting in him, we can experience a new life as new creatures in his spiritual kingdom.

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. EHV

Air Travellers

A huge airliner was cutting its white furrow across a pure blue sky. Countless others followed its destructive example throughout the day.
Airliner over Wales
Some years ago we watched a pair of Carrion Crows build a nest in the big Ash tree on the other side of our lane. We watched the female sitting on the eggs for nearly 3 weeks. We then watched the two adults feeding the young ones.
During the last few days their offspring have been clinging to the edge of the nest to flap their young wings in anticipation of the freedom of the air.
Painted Lady Butterfly
A pigeon hurtles past in its powerful flight from here to there.
An insect dances through the sunshine doing its own thing.
A welcome arrival from North Africa, a Painted Lady butterfly flits alongside the garden hedge. It stops briefly to take a snack from a flower.

All wonderful miracles of air travel!
     But which is the greater miracle?
The flying machine designed by men, or the flying creatures designed by God?

How much Water in your Sky?

There is certainly a lot of water over your head.
Water is life. Yes, sometimes too much water can bring destruction and even death. Even so, we can’t live without water.

Cloud is water vapour that has become visible as it has cooled in the upper air. And clouds have huge potential.
Even a fairly small cumulus cloud contains a lot of water. If it is only 1,000 feet wide and 500 feet high, it still has a lot. Even such a modest cloud could contain 500 cubic feet of water.
Given that 1 cubic foot of water weighs about 62 pounds, our relatively small cloud might contain 14 tons of water!
Think of that next time you’re out on a cumulus day!

Many of us have admired those huge cumulonimbus clouds which can produce torrential rain and thunderstorms. Their internal activity is complex and vigorous, even violent.
Astonishingly, their volume can be colossal and their water content can exceed 200,000 tons! Imagine that over your head!

A few thousand years ago, a man in great trouble marvelled at the God he saw in the natural world. Job said about God:“He encloses water in his clouds, but the clouds are not broken apart by its weight.”     Job 26:8 EHV

 

Read Job Chapter 37 – the observations of a man much younger than Job.

 

 

“To you who fear my name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.”  Malachi 4:2
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